— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 p.m. ET Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

— Fun new way for Virgin Islanders to learn job search skills, family caregiving advice and how to stay safe online. Can you sell yourself to a potential employer in the time it takes to ride an elevator? Take the awkwardness out of the conversation when you’re helping a loved one plan for the future? Keep yourself safe from a hacker or handle the four toughest questions you’ll ever face in an interview? Introducing AARP’s new interactive videos that put you in …

NOT ALL GERS RETIREES RETIREMENT BENEFITS ARE IN IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY

— In the Thursday May 26, 2016, Board of Trustees meeting of the Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS), the vice-chairman of the board Judge Edgar Ross after a lengthy discussion on the provisions in Title 3, Chapter 27 Sections 718 and 718(a), and Chapter 28A, Sections 767 and 767a of the Virgin Islands Code, made a motion consistent with the law in Sections 718 and 767 (regular retirees) and 718a and 767a (early retirement program).  The motion, effective immediately, directed the …

Just When You Thought Your Smartphone was Safe

— When I was younger I thought of the telephone as a piece of equipment solely used to talk with others. Gone are those days! Today, the phone’s purpose has been vastly expanded to include photography, instant messaging, email, web browsing, online shopping, banking, bill paying, social media and so much more.  But with this new found convenience and mobility comes considerable risk; especially for seniors. In her online article, What Seniors Need to Know About Online Identity Theft, Jan Legnitto, …

— The Old Dominion is getting older. Nearly a fifth of Virginia residents will be 65 and older by 2030, according to the federal government, and about 250,000 will be 85 and older. That’s why AARP Virginia wants members to know about SeniorNavigator, a nonprofit organization that provides free, useful information for older Virginians, people with disabilities and family caregivers. Topics addressed on its website include health, aging, financial concerns, legal issues, housing options, transportation, exercise, personal safety, veterans resources, advocacy …

Governor Kenneth E. Mapp addresses St. Croix Chamber of Commerce

— En Español Governor Kenneth E. Mapp met with the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 11th to update business owners and interested individuals on his vision for St. Croix and to highlight some proposed projects or Christiansted and Frederiksted. The following topics were discussed: A continued reduction in energy costs. New tourism markets for St. Croix via a collaboration with Carl Holtz, a Disney executive and former St. Croix resident A direct flight from New York to St. …

Preventative health care is the best practice

— Newly elected Chairman of the VI Government Employees Service Commission, (GESC), Beverly Joseph, advises government employees and retirees that “sickness comes at any hour and it makes no sense to put off essential medical services that could prevent serious illness or even death.” “In our 20’s, we tend to think that we are invincible, but it is only as we hit our 40-50’s that we begin to get concerned about preserving the health status we’ve come to enjoy. Unfortunately, in …

— Every year, lawmakers in the U.S. Virgin Islands negotiate a contract to provide health insurance for government workers and retirees. Never easy, the task used to be more difficult because details of the plan were kept largely under wraps until late in the process. That resulted in deadline pressures and rumors about cost and coverage. Earlier this year, the nonprofit St. Croix Government Retirees Inc.—trained in advocacy by AARP—successfully pressed for a new law that streamlines the process and makes …

Utility Rates

— Virgin Islanders pay as much as five times the average U.S. rate for electricity, but the price is on its way down, providing relief for people on fixed incomes. Some older residents have been using candles at night to save on energy costs. The territory traditionally has relied on imported crude oil to generate electricity. Recent moves to develop alternative energy sources have brought down the price, however, and consumer advocates expect the trend to continue. AARP Virgin Islands is …